Number 1236 - Saturday 2nd March 2024


The Wizards Weekend, 19th-21st April. From the organiser: Starring Chris Cross, R Paul Wilson, Luke Jermay, Steve Faulkner, Roy Davenport, Chris Lynam, Michael Diamond, Dan Freak, Ian Kendal, Peter McLanachan and Colin Bourdiec. We've had some brilliant acts so far - and this year is no exception. For this to survive and grow it needs your support. I'm passionate about keeping magic alive in the North of England. This is a self-funded independent convention. Small, friendly and a cracking weekend.

As you know, it's only a small room and tickets are very limited. There's less than 75 Tickets available. What are you waiting for?! Tickets are strictly limited, so be fast and book now to avoid disappointment! Don't leave it until the last minute.

Tickets to the entire 3-day convention are only £85 and are available here:
If you can't make the entire weekend, Saturday Only tickets (which include gala show) are available here: The Venue and Parking: All events take place at The Gibside Hotel, Front Street, Whickham, Newcastle upon Tyne NE16 4JG. There's a large (and very cheap, if not free) car park to the rear of the hotel. FB Event Page:


The Darlington Magic Circle May Day of Magic, Sunday 5th May 2024. Join us for an enchanting day filled with magic from 10am to 5pm! With 5 captivating lectures and 7 dealers showcasing the latest magical innovations you’re sure to love, it’s an event not to be missed. Featuring renowned talents like Steve Dela, Magicbox (Graeme Shaw), MindFX (Michael Murray), and more, plus a surprise headline act that will leave you spellbound!

This magical day is open to all magic enthusiasts, though attendees under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Take advantage of our 'Early Bird' ticket price of £15.00 (+ booking fee) until April 1st, 2024, before it rises to the full price of £20.00 (+ booking fee). The best part? your ticket includes free tea and coffee throughout the day, with a fully licensed private bar available from noon onwards. Plus, stay tuned to our social media pages for updates on our lineup!

After the convention, join us in our clubroom for an evening of jamming with fellow members and guests. Our new, larger HQ is wheelchair accessible with ample private parking. Don’t wait! Book your tickets early and let the magic begin! The DSRM (Rolling Mills) Club, Longfield Road, Darlington, County Durham DL3 0HX. See for more info and to book.


Application open: The Young Magician of the Year Competition 2024. After an extended break, the prestigious Magic Circle Young Magician of The Year competition is back with a bang. Limited spaces are open to applicants aged 18 or below. Previous winners have included Ben Hart, Richard Cadell, Russ Stevens and Johnny Hart. The producer this year will be Preston Nyman. To apply as a competitor, please email for the guidelines and application pack. Applications must be sent before March 14th. There will be two public shows on the 14th April 2024 with a matinee and an evening performance. This is shaping up to be a fantastic event, showcasing the future stars of magic. You won’t want to miss out, so keep your eyes peeled for ticket information over the coming weeks. Marvin Berglas, President of The Magic Circle. 2.3.24


Christian Grace Lectures in Ireland. James Hobart writes: We are pleased to announce the first visit to Ireland of Christian Grace. Christian Grace is a magician, creator, and performer from London. He has released several best-selling effects worldwide with companies such as Vanishing Inc and Ellusionist and is the founder of Magic Monthly, a wonderful resource for new and exciting card magic. In this lecture Christian presents some of his best card magic to date including a peek behind the curtain of his recent effect Enigma.

On Monday 4th March his lecture will be hosted by The Ulster Society of Magicians in the Marble Cedar Lounge, Errigle Inn, Belfast (7.15pm for a 7.45pm start, £20 for visitors by prior arrangement with the Secretary). Then on Tuesday 5th March, The Society of Irish Magicians will host the same lecture at The Academy Plaza Hotel, Dublin commencing at 8pm. For further information please contact James Hobart for Belfast or for Dublin.


Paul Gordon Lecture - The Ilford Magical Society, 6th March. Peter Meacham writes: The Ilford Magical Society, is pleased to welcome Paul Gordon MIMC for a lecture. Paul is an award-winning card magician, releasing many books over the years on card magic and routines. This is a lecture not to be missed. Wednesday 6th of March at 8pm at The Ilford Magical Society, 176 Goodmayes Lane, Ilford IG3 9PP. Guest magicians welcome, £10 on the door. 2.3.24


Luke Jermay Lecture - Leicester Magic Circle, 4th March. "I invite you to join me in a celebration of pure conjuring. Not a single mind will be read. Instead together we will explore some of my favourite original conjuring creations. Each effect is designed to be performed in real world close-up settings and no detail will be left out. Alongside the methods, techniques and secrets, I will also share some tips and ideas to help you create your own beautiful, impossible, mysterious magic." Monday 4th March at 7.30pm at Leicester Magic Circle, Braunstone Civic Centre, 209 Kingsway, Braunstone Town, Leicester LE3 2PP. See 2.3.24


The Magic Live Lounge. The Magic Live Lounge returns to The Chapel Ormskirk for another evening of Magic, Comedy & Mystery. The event will be hosted by Chris Manucal and will feature: The Gentleman of Mystery - The Great Borrini, Mind Reader & Mentalist - Mason King, Beyond Sleight of Hand - Mark Roberts, and making his Magic Live Lounge debut - Magik Ash.


The Magic Live Lounge, The Chapel Arts House, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire L39 4QR. Friday 15th March. Doors open at 7pm with live music and close-up magic in the bar area with the main show beginning at 8pm. Tickets are £12: 2.3.24


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, Paul Derek 'The Bird Man of Magic', on ITV's talent show The Fame Game on 16th February 1984, up against Steve Nalon and hosted by Tim Brooke-Taylor. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 2.3.24


Alakazam Unlimited. Introducing Alakazam Unlimited: Your Exclusive Backstage Pass to Unlimited Magic. For over two decades, Alakazam Magic has been at the forefront of magic tutorial DVDs, bringing you the finest teachings from esteemed magicians like Michael Vincent, Ben Earl, Marc Spelmann, Peter Nardi, Matthew Wright, John Carey, Paul Gordon, and a myriad of other maestros. Now, we're thrilled to unveil Alakazam Unlimited—an unparalleled treasure trove of magical wonders. Over 300 members in less than 12 hours! Well over 100 Videos on launch! See 2.3.24


Steve Gore Lecture - The North Wales Magic Circle, 5th March. From the organisers: Steve Gore is presenting his new lecture, Classics Reimagined, for the North Wales Magic Circle in Rhyl on Tuesday 5th March. It will include all his latest effects including The Casino Con, relaunched with Alakazam last week. He is officially known as "The Happiest Magician on the Planet!" according to Google, and is a truly versatile magical entertainer who regularly performs magic of all types and has been performing magic professionally for over thirty years.

Steve is a Past President of the Northern Magic Circle, twice for the Bradford Magic Circle, and is also member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (British Ring). Steve also regularly lectures his own magic inventions/creations at magic clubs throughout the UK, including The Magic Circle in London and also twice at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, LA, where he has performed 21 parlour shows, 16 close-up shows and 8 family shows for US stars including Josh Brolin, David Blaine and Sir Patrick Stewart. Meeting starts at 8pm at the Little Theatre, 17 Vale Road, Rhyl LL18 2BS. Visitors welcome, £10 door charge.


Hinckley Magic Monthly - A New Magic Night. David Michaels writes: A brand new monthly magic night is coming to the heart of Hinckley at Stockwells coffee house and bar on the first Thursday of every month hosted by local magicians David Michaels and Thomas Dixon. Each month will feature a new professional magician. You can expect an evening of award-winning close-up magic, followed by a stand-up magic show. With drink offers on the night and plenty of local parking Stockwells is the place to be for your Thursday night magic fix! Tickets are £10 in advance or £12 on the door. Speak to the venue to book tickets: 07876 136599. Address: Stockwells Coffee House and Bar, 1A New Buildings, Hinckley, Leicestershire LE10 1HN. 2.3.24


Magic in Lapland. Finnish television show, Magic in Lapland, is now available to watch on Amazon Prime in the UK. A magical combination of northern nature, world class illusions, and up-close street magic. Join a magician's journey across Finland to find the real Magic of Lapland. See the trailer: YouTube. 2.3.24


Dave Rawson Lecture - Modern Mystic League, Blackburn, 10th March. Brian Lead, Events Secretary of the Modern Mystic League (Blackburn), writes: All are welcome to our Dave Rawson Star Lecture, on Sunday, 10th March. Dave has been a professional stage hypnotist for quarter of a century, performing nightly in Ibiza for twenty years and cruising in the winter months around Asia as a headline act. In his talk, he will be touching on the history of hypnotism and pseudo-hypnotism for entertainment, teaching techniques and bringing us up to date with recent trends. Dave says: "All who attend will take away something they can use to enhance their own performances." Please note that our new HQ is the Woodlands United Reform Church Hall, 457 Preston Old Road, Cherry Tree, Blackburn BB2 5ND. The event begins at 2pm, and there will be a nominal entrance charge of £5, which will include traditional 'Lancashire pie' refreshments. Take a look at our website for a sneak peek 2.3.24


Chris Tennant Lecture - Zodiac Magical Society, London, 6th March. Donato Capitella writes: On the 6th March the Zodiac Magical Society in London will be hosting a lecture by Chris Tennant. The lecture contains Chris's real-world working material. From his award-winning Blindfold Routine and close-up mentalism to his closely guarded coin routines that have entertained hundreds of people over the years, there is something for everyone.

This event will take place on Wednesday, March 6th, from 8pm-10pm at our club room located just a five-minute walk from Northfields Tube station on the Piccadilly Line. There is a charge for visitors, you need to email to let us know that you are coming. You can follow us on Instagram at @zodiacmagicalsociety for updates.


Chris Rawlins Lecture - Surrey Society of Magicians, 7th March. Adam Mosley writes: In 2013, Chris presented at The Session Convention, unveiling his clipboard peek, "Reveal", hailed by Luke Jermay as "The ultimate clipboard glimpse". In 2014, Chris released his first standalone DVD, "Leading Thoughts", with Vanishing Inc Magic.

Chris has built a strong reputation for creating modern, unique, and creative material. Uri Geller praises Chris as a "creative, original thinker and a truly great performer". Currently working full time as a mentalist and performer, Chris entertains in the real world while sharing his routines, methods, and approach to mentalism with the magic community. Chris will be giving us a magic lecture on the 7th March at the Nomad Theatre. Members are free and visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee. The lecture takes place in East Horsley, Surrey at 8pm. For full details please contact Adam Mosley:


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"Ben Hart: Hex magic review: dynamic and engaging sleight of hand" 4 stars 2.3.24


Paul Gordon Lecture - Northamptonshire Magicians Club, 5th March. David Miller writes: Paul Gordon (MIMC with Gold Star) will be presenting a fun fast-paced lecture full of worker commercial card magic. All doable stuff, even if you aren't into cards, there's a lot to be learned from watching Paul work and listening to his tips etc. non-members most welcome, for £10. Brafield Working Mens Club, 35 Bedford Road, Brafield-on-the-Green, Northampton NN7 1BD. Tuesday 5th March. Doors open at 7pm, and the Lecture starts at 8pm. 2.3.24


Harri Harrington Lecture - Coventry Magic Circle, 16th April. William Poliet writes: Coventry Magic Circle is pleased to welcome Harri Harrington for his lecture on Tuesday 16th April. Lord Harri is a versatile close-up magician who captivates his audiences with his fun and playful performances. In this lecture, you will learn Harri's commercial routines which have gained him wide recognition in the magic industry: Ever heard of "Minify"? It's not just a play on words - it's a mind-blowing card reveal that packs a little punch! Get ready for "Harri's Little Helper," where your phone becomes a portal to a world of wonder revealing your chosen card. Brace yourself for "Harri-O", a twist on the classic ring to impossible location, where borrowed rings mysteriously end up in packet of Haribo's. It's sweet surprise you won't believe! And much more! Visiting magicians are welcome as always with the usual visitors fee (£10). Coventry Magic Circle, Ex Servicemans Club, Rye Piece Ringway, Bedworth CV12 8JH 8pm sharp. 2.3.24


Kaleb Wade Lecture - Liverpool Mahatma Magic Circle, 14th March. Matthew Gill writes: Liverpool Mahatma Magic Circle presents Blessed by Demons - Kaleb Wade Lecture. In 2024 underground creator Kaleb Wade is lecturing on his marketed effects and previously unreleased stage and close-up routines, from his upcoming mentalism book Blessed by Demons.

In this lecture, Kaleb shares his unique approach to performing hard-hitting, entertaining mentalism that works in the real world. Thursday 14th March at 8pm at Liverpool Mahatma Magic Circle, St Stephen’s Church Hall, St Stephen’s Road, Hightown, Liverpool, L38 0BL. Entry is free for members of Liverpool Mahatma Magic Circle and £15 for guest magicians on the night.


New Release from Mark Leveridge Magic: Face Value. A spectator is handed an invisible pack from which he eliminates either the red or black cards. He then gets rid of one of the two remaining suits. Let's imagine he has left himself with the suit of Hearts. He is now requested to freely select any Heart - let's say he chooses the 5H. This invisible selection is left on the spectator's hand.

A blank faced deck is freely displayed and shuffled and one of the blank cards is chosen at random by an onlooker and is placed on top of the invisible 5H. Moments later, when the spectator turns over the blank card, it is seen to be printed now with a 5H card face. This effect is supplied as a Premier E-Routine, which is a downloadable PDF text file which contains a link to additional online video instructions. To read a fuller description and to watch a dem go to


On Second Thoughts by Gaz Lawrence. Gaz Lawrence writes: After a complete sell out at this year's Blackpool Convention with Mark Mason I’m now offering my contractual amount for sale. So if you would like one please shoot me over an email. They are £40 each, which includes postage and packaging and a small little extra thrown in as a huge thank you for purchasing from me. Any questions about the effect I will gladly explain before you buy. I truly appreciate your support, magical wishes to you all Gaz. Email 2.3.24


The Infinite Monkey Cage. Brian Cox and Robin Ince pull scientific explanations out of a hat and go down the rabbit hole to explore the science of magic with comedian Alan Davies, sleight of hand artist Laura London and two experts in the psychology of magic Richard Wiseman and Gustav Kuhn. They ask what our predilection to be bamboozled by sleight of hand can tell us about how our minds work. Alan has a card trick played on him and we learn how our choices aren’t always what we think they are. iPlayer. 2.3.24


The Greatest TV of the '70s. The best programmes of the decade, featuring comedy from Tommy Cooper, Morecambe and Wise, The Two Ronnies, Fawlty Towers, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em and The Good Life. There are clips from dramas including I, Claudius, Abigail's Party and The Sweeney, as well as game shows like The Generation Game and Sale of the Century. Saturday 9th March on Channel 5. See TV Magic for details. 2.3.24


News Deadline reminder. Please submit news by Thursday if possible - absolute deadline 12 noon Friday, no exceptions. Many thanks, DT. 2.3.24


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